Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

Caul progress

I'd spent a few days thinking about some of the problems that needed to be solved to make Eleanora's caul and having come up with some possibilities it was time to give them a try. So yesterday I made a pricking for a full sized version and got started. I tried to add beads for the first time, however I wasn't happy with the result and decided I should make my caul without beads and test some of my other ideas first.


I soon realised I would have a big tangle of bobbins if I didn't get some sort of bobbin holder thingys sorted. So cat food cardboard boxes came to the rescue again. I tried a few different elastics and cardboard shapes, I'm not happy with them yet, but I'm using the ones I've made so far. You can sort of see one in the bottom left of the pic.

Some of the tensioning isn't the best. I'm much happier with the edges, shape and joins, and I made it about a quarter of the way through yesterday. Then last night I woke up at 3am and the solution for how to add the beads hit me. I just tried it and it's worked brilliantly.  Now I'm trying to decide if I should undo my work and add the beads or just keep going. What do you think?


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